1.The word 'pig' is not a dirty word. Muslims dont freak out at the mention of it or sight of it. Maybe its just me but thats the impression I had. In fact, they giggle at us for being so self conscious about it.
2.The climate here is changing and probably has much to do with the demographics (which you can look up). Many of the things we were afraid about dont get a second look. And for you lefties-noone is paying attention to what hand you eat with in public. At someones house, you could simply let them know you are left-handed if you feel uptight about it.
3.Muslims respect your culture if you respect theirs. Ive heard quite a few of them talk about Christmas, whether it be to wish someone else a Merry Christmas or in simple conversation. I even got a Christmas gift from a colleague as a way of saying she recognizes our differences and respects them. Its a nice Christmas bow with a bell and its hanging on my door knob.
4.And finally, I realize that cheese isnt my best friend and sometimes makes my belly swell literally 4 times its normal size. http://www.notmilk.com/